Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, July 6

“Did Jesus Christ’s Apostles Pray Only after His Resurrection?” by grego

Did Jesus Christ’s Apostles Pray Only after His Resurrection?

grego
(c)2011

(This is more a few thoughts and findings than anything really authoritative…)

How much did the “common man” pray from “Moses the mediator” to Jesus? It seems not much. The prophets did. Others like Zacharias, Simeon, and Anna did.

In Luke 11 we read that his disciples wanted instruction on how to pray:
1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Here is the more-referenced version of the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6, and its preface:
5 ¶And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Before that, it seems “prayer” was more or less reciting psalms, hymns to Jehovah.

No doubt Jesus’ understanding of true prayer is what gave Him so much growth and power.

This time around with John 16 I noticed the following:
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.

This sounds like the disciples didn’t pray! All “praying” while Jesus was with them were requests made directly to Jesus, who intermediated to God the Father for them; thus, there was no need to pray. (This also puts 3 Nephi 19 into a clearer perspective.)

However, after Jesus left them, the apostles prayed to God in Jesus’ name:
Acts 1:13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphæus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

Acts 2:42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.

This seems similar to the situation with the Holy Ghost. Before Jesus left, the Holy Ghost bore testimony of truth to all, including the apostles; but no one, including the apostles, received the active gift of the Holy Ghost, until after Jesus left.

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